ATLANTA (Apr. 22, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity ReStores across the U.S. will host environmentally-friendly events in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are retail outlets that accept donated goods and resell them to the general public at a fraction of the retail price to help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of homes within their communities.
“On this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Habitat Restores continue to provide an environmentally-sound means of recycling gently-used building supplies to benefit families in need,” said Larry Gluth, senior vice president of the U.S./Canada area office for Habitat for Humanity International. “The proceeds from the sale of the goods help affiliates to build safe, decent affordable homes in partnership with families in need.”
The following is a sample of Habitat ReStore Earth Day activities:
- Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches (Texas) will commemorate Earth Day and the fourth anniversary of the Nacogdoches ReStore with a live radio broadcast featuring recycling demonstrations and special activities to emphasize the importance of caring for the environment.
- Flower City Habitat for Humanity (Rochester, New York) will host their second annual Earth Day recycling event April 24. Volunteers will be on hand to collect and recycle electronic devices. Proceeds will benefit high school and faith-based groups raising funds to help build Habitat homes in Rochester. For more information, visit http://www.rochesterhabitat.org .
- Itasca County Habitat for Humanity (Grand Rapids, Minnesota) will showcase interactive ways to turn trash into treasure. To obtain more details about the events, visit http://www.itascahabitat.org .
- Greater Fox Cities Area (Menasha, Wisconsin) will host a recycled art auction and create a functional musical instrument with recycled materials. These are just some of the activities planned during this free event celebrating Earth Day 2010. Go to www.foxcitieshabitat.org  for additional details.
Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are donated by local retailers, contractors and individuals in the community. There are 700 stores in the U. S. and Canada. To find a location, visit habitat.org/restore .
Founded by former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org .